Why I Bailed on My Publishing Class
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Why I Bailed on My Publishing Class

Photo by Patrick Tomasso on Unsplash Last summer, I enrolled in an Essay/Creative Nonfiction class with Gotham Writers, a New York City online writing school. Half a year later, I can safely say it changed my life. I was a writer before this class: a professional songwriter and a devoted Morning Pages writer. But essays, Read more

Little Known List Types for Literati Elites
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Little Known List Types for Literati Elites

Photo by Polina Kovaleva from Pexels (Suggestion: List every item visible in this image). As writers, most if not all of us are well versed in the usefulness of putting together a good list. Whether we’re talking about a to-do type of checklist or a set of technical guidelines, the nuts and bolts of these Read more

How and Why to Write Gothic Mysteries
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How and Why to Write Gothic Mysteries

Photo by Shakhawat Shaon from Pexels The gothic mystery is a much-underrated genre. At their best, they are riveting tales of nail-biting suspense, heart-rending romance, and spine-tingling terror. They are stories that deal in the deepest, darkest areas of human consciousness, presenting complex protagonists with conflicting conscious and subconscious desires. They delve into the uncanny, Read more

5 Fun Writing Exercises to Help You Craft Amazing Characters
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5 Fun Writing Exercises to Help You Craft Amazing Characters

No matter how fascinating your plot or magical your world, your readers won’t engage if you don’t have compelling characters. Characters drive your story forward. They are how readers relate to your story because they see parts of themselves or people they know in them. Even in stories that are more plot-driven, characters who are Read more

Wow! A Quick Guide to Using Interjections | Proofed’s Writing Tips
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Wow! A Quick Guide to Using Interjections | Proofed’s Writing Tips

Holy moly! We’ve started this post with an interjection! But what are interjections? And how do you use them in writing? We explain the basics in our guide below. What Are Interjections? Interjections are typically short words or phrase that express a feeling. They are usually abrupt, interrupting speech or writing as an exclamation. For Read more

A 5-Step Customizable Writing Process to Become A Versatile Writer
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A 5-Step Customizable Writing Process to Become A Versatile Writer

Image Licensed by Author from Adobe Stock | By Rawpixel.com Before I actively started writing about eight months ago, I always thought that you need to be an expert on a topic to write about it or write well anyway. Only Warren Buffet can really give advice on how to be a billionaire, and only Read more

Our Favorite Google Extensions, Apps, and Add-ons to Make Teaching Easier
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Our Favorite Google Extensions, Apps, and Add-ons to Make Teaching Easier

It’s no surprise that Google, which seems to run the digital world, has made a name for itself in education. With so much virtual schooling due to the pandemic, Google Classroom has become one of the top learning management systems. But are you using the power of Google to its full potential? There are so Read more

Is Your Writing Causing Headaches? 7 Ways to Protect Yourself from Eye Strain
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Is Your Writing Causing Headaches? 7 Ways to Protect Yourself from Eye Strain

All day long, I sit or stand at my computer desk. I have no commute. I have no coworkers. Outside of taking a break to go to the bathroom, I’m in my office staring at a computer screen. When most online writers kick off a conversation like this, they usually focus on the sitting. “SITTING Read more

10 Common Kitchen Objects to Use As Weapons
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10 Common Kitchen Objects to Use As Weapons

By Piper BayardOf Bayard & Holmes My writing partner, Jay Holmes, is a forty-five-year veteran of the military and intelligence communities, and we write espionage fiction and nonfiction. We are often asked what weapons we prefer for fights. We both advocate firearms training for the best self-defense in real life. However, in writing, we follow Read more